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Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: 40th Great Ski Race set for March 5

Staff report

The Great Ski Race is gearing up for the iconic event’s 40th anniversary on Sunday, March 5.

For the The 30-kilometer race, competitors depart in waves from the Tahoe XC ski area in Tahoe City and traverse rolling hills, spacious meadows and groomed trails before heading down to the finish at Hilltop in Truckee. 

The race — which serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit, all-volunteer Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team — begins at 9 a.m. Shuttle buses will begin taking skiers (by reservation only) from Hilltop Lodge to the starting line at 7 a.m.

Afternoon buses will bring skiers back to Tahoe City between 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis. 

Registration fees are $70 through March 4 and $110 on race day.

Visit http://www.thegreatskirace.com for more information, or to register.

Parents’ Night Out March 3 in Tahoe City

The next Parents’ Night Out will be held Friday, March 3, from 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City.

Children ages birth-12 years of age are welcome. A donation of $10 per child per evening is requested — maximum $20 per family, no matter how many children you have.

Please feed your children dinner before bringing them. This is a drop-in program and no pre-registration is necessary. For more information, visit http://www.tahoeministries.com or call the church at 530-583-1534.

Truckee’s new art exhibit to honor veterans opens March 10

The Truckee Public Arts Commission (TPAC) has partnered with the Nevada County Arts Council to present “Image Nation” for its 2017 Spring Show.

A free opening reception is planned for March 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Wine will be served along with yummy nibbles.

The photographs that will be on display — self portraits and pictures of Nevada County veterans’ hands — are the result of a therapeutic workshop conducted by master photographer and fellow vet Michael Llewellyn.

Reception attendees will have a chance to meet the featured artists who served our country. Also on hand will be veteran Sandra Boyd, who will read her poetry, along with Llewellyn himself.

The exhibit will hang in the Truckee Community Recreation Center’s main hallway starting March 10 through June.

Image Nation is an initiative of the Nevada County Arts Council in partnership with Welcome Home Vets, funded in part by the California Arts Council and local contributions.

Llewellyn will also host a series of nine veteran photography workshops in the coming months on this side of the county.

Participants will learn how to identify different qualities of light and share their work in progress with classmates.

Veterans interested in signing up can contact Llewellyn at michael@michaelllewellyn.com.

Fame, fortune and exploitation

Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a network of technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee area, will welcome Dick Schulze to present: “Fame, Fortune, and Exploitation: The Fascinating History of Patents and Patent Trolls,” on March 13.

Schulze, with Holland & Hart’s Intellectual Property Group, has wide experience in all aspects of high-tech patenting and was a supervising attorney for 20 years in the corporate legal departments of Hewlett-Packard and its successor Agilent Technologies. You can learn more about Schulze at http://www.hollandhart.com/hrschulze.

The meeting will be on Monday, March 13, from 6-8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube at bit.ly/YouTubeTSM.

Visit http://www.tahoesiliconmountain.com to learn more.

KidZone has opening on board

KidZone Museum, the local children’s museum in Truckee, is looking for people interested in serving on its Board of Directors. Skills require, time, passion for the work of the museum, and interest in seeing the museum prosper and expand. Also, if you have expert administration and organizational skills, leadership, fundraising or technology skills or you are a grandparent or a member of the Latino community, we welcome and need all who are passionate about the work of the museum – or those who just want to make the world a better place for children and families. 

To learn more about board service and the work of the museum, contact board member Shana Wapstra Scott at secretary@kidzonemuseum.org. Visit http://www.kidzonemuseum.org or call 530-587-5437 to learn more.